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From "Kevin A. McGrail" <>
Subject Re: is unresponsive
Date Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:11:12 GMT
I wonder if we shouldn't set a maxclients or add a captcha to the ruleqa.

On 1/7/2018 9:08 AM, Dave Jones wrote:
> I believe the cause of this problem was bad bots ignoring the 
> robots.txt excessively hitting the ruleqa.cgi which takes a second or 
> two to run eating up memory and CPU.
> I have setup this bad bot blocker to prevent this from happening again:
> Let's keep an eye on things for a bit and see if this helps keep this 
> server from falling over again.
> Dave
> On 01/05/2018 09:17 AM, Dave Jones wrote:
>> On 01/04/2018 08:07 PM, Kevin A. McGrail wrote:
>>> On 1/4/2018 9:03 PM, Dave Jones wrote:
>>>> VM good now.  Chris bumped it up to 16 GB.  I am not complaining 
>>>> but I think that something is going wrong that will eat up all the 
>>>> RAM no matter how much there is.
>>> I am really not used to unstable Linux boxes no matter the flavor. 
>>> This is, however, the only single one I have without swap.
>> The OOM killer started killing processes so it was out of memory.  
>> There were a lot of apache2 and ruleqa.cgi processes.
>> The Apache logs show a lot of bots so I will setup a robots.txt to 
>> keep them from following all of the links of the page for no good 
>> reason.
>> The last OOM killer problem started at 1/4/18 11:41 UTC and at that 
>> time the Apache logs show several bots hitting the server at once.  
>> Hopefully the robots.txt will solve our problem but we may need to 
>> enable Apache max connections to prevent too many ruleqa.cgi's from 
>> launching at the same time.  Someone could easily open a few 
>> dozen/hundred connections and DOS the server.
>> Dave

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